Remploy was created after the Second World War to provide employment to injured soldiers. After 60 years of operating on a workforce of primarily disabled people, the government is planning to close most of the remaining factories. Around 1,500 disabled people will loose their jobs as a result. The government argues that the factories resemble ‘victorian-era segregation’, and that the money can be better spent helping disabled people find work in mainstream workplaces.
Remploy workers argue that they may never work again, and that even if they do – because of prejudice and discrimination – they face working in insecure environments.
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